Ability to suspend App Service Plans without charge
To save on costs, we want the ability to shut down an App Service Plan overnight while nobody is using it. We can shut down the Web App itself in an automated fashion, but the App Service Plan still charges us even through there are no running instances. Deleting and rebuilding the App Service and the App Service Plan is an option, but it is messy. Please consider not charging for periods where there are no running resources attached to the App Service Plan.
We are leaving this idea open, though in the meantime note that you can scale down the App Service Plan to the free or shared tier to reduce costs.
Tran Hoa commented
For our product development life cycle, we have 3 main environments: QA, UAT, Prod. Obviously, Prod environment is always on 24/24. QA or UAT is ON by demand. We want to reduce cost by suspending or "turning-off" service plan when not used. We cannot scale down to free tier plan due to we have many slots, custom domains & ssl also.
I think this feature is broadly welcomed by community.
Please help us to up-vote for fast release from Microsoft.
Has this been reviewed yet?
If you are using features of standard (i.e. slots, traffic manager and custom domains / ssl), it's difficult scaling down w/o manipulating your deployment. Then when you need the site "back on", you need to redo all these settings again.
Giovanni Bassi commented
You also can't scale down an app service plan for web app for containers. The ability to stop/suspend an app service plan is crucial. We can do it with VMs, why not with app service plans?
Actually, you can only scale down the App Service Plan if Always On is disabled.
Not on ASE you cant, you just more costs!